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Level 2 Extended Certificate in Work-Based Animal Care

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Level 2 Extended Certificate in Work-Based Animal Care

This part-time City & Guilds Level 2 Extended Certficate in Animal Care course is ideal for those who are new to the animal care industry and would like to gain a recognised qualification related to their work. The course can be studied either as an Apprenticeship or as a 'stand alone' student.

Upcoming start dates

1 start date available

September 2024

  • Classroom
  • Chelmsford
  • English

Suitability - Who should attend?

The following information provides students with the entry requirements for this particular course.

  • 2 GCSEs in Maths and English at Grade 2 or higher, plus ideally GCSE Science at grade 2 or higher
  • Satisfactory references from most recent School / College / Employer
  • Evidence of a secured placement in a suitable workplace, which you must find yourself

You will need...

Students must be self-motivated and enthusiastic about animal care and attend college one day per week, and any extra days required English or Maths lessons.

Some form of work experience/employment is also required:

  • Standalone students require work within the industry for a minimum of 16 hours per week. This can be either paid or voluntary, for the duration of the academic year (September - July)
  • Apprentices need to be employed in the industry working a contracted minimum of 30 hours a week, on a 12 month minimum contract.

Training Course Content

  • Animal health; diseases, disorders, health checks, first aid for animals
  • Animal feeding; feed plans, feeding for life stages, feed preparation
  • Animal accommodation; enclosure maintenance, cleaning protocols, bio-security
  • Workplace competence; personal progression, customer service skills, CV development
  • Animal biology; anatomy and physiology, reproduction, animal nutrition
  • Animal handling and behaviour

Why choose Writtle University College

Ranked Top University-Sector Institution in East Anglia for overall student satisfaction!

*Based on NSS 2022 Based on Taught Data

Beautiful rural campus situated close to the city of Chelmsford, 40 minutes from London and the coast.


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Continuing Studies


Student that successfully complete the level 2 can progress onto the level 3 diploma in work-based animal care. Full-time level 3 options are available for students that have their GCSE English and maths at a C/4 grade and complete the 205 unit to a good standard. These progression options are at the discretion of the acting course managers and will also depend on student conduct.


Level 2 work based students will be equipped with the necessary skills to enter an animal based career at entry level with a range of industry related and transferable skills. Jobs include but are not limited to kennel workers, pet shop assistants, rescue center assistants, wildlife hospital technicians, veterinary care assistants, stable hands, farm hands, petting zoo assistants.

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Writtle University College, Lordship Road
CM1 3RR Chelmsford Essex

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